PHOTOS: Thousands attend 11th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Annapolis

Thousands filled the downtown streets of Annapolis, Maryland, on Sunday for the city’s 11th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

People wearing green packed the sidewalks as marchers, bands and floats paraded down West Street, including kids such as sisters Morgan and Ella Krause — ages 9 and 12 respectively.

“I have a lot of necklaces and I have a headband,” Morgan said. On the other hand, Ella wore a special shirt. “My mom made me this shirt, because she has a cricket and then I have these springy headbands,” Ella said.

It was a big day in Annapolis, which included two stages of entertainment at City Dock. Green caps, jackets, sweaters, shamrocks, leprechauns and all things Irish were represented on the crowded brick sidewalks.

“I’m very happy today because it’s St. Patrick’s Day,” said Savannah Lisxo, 8, adding that she liked the parade because there was a lot of candy. “I really like it because everybody comes here every year.”

The two-plus-hour parade delighted the crowd, which had a community feel to it.

“I love the community spirit, the feel. Everyone’s happy. and it’s a fun day to be together,” said Laura, from Anne Arundel County.

Jose Banzon attended the parade.

“I love the Annapolis St. Patrick’s Day parade because it’s a combination of local and hokey and corny. Everyone comes out. They’re having a great time,” Banzon said. “You see all the families and kids and it’s really just a great way to start the warm weather season in Annapolis.”

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story misstated Jose Banzon’s ethnicity. 

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